My mommy's favorite words. Those and "chores" and "No sir Ryder."
And she means business!
For instance, I have to wait until AFTER the prayer to eat (so hard when you're SO hungry!)
My dishes must go in the sink after I am finished eating.
I help mommy unload the dish washer.
My toys are cleaned up every day (with a little "clean up song" help from momma)
I help feed the dog and make sure she has enough water to get through the day.
I put my dirty clothes in the laundry room.
I must always say my please and thank yous, yes ma'am and no sir, and the toughest one, "excuse me" when my mommy is talking to someone else.
I sweep (and sometimes vacuum) the floors.
…the list goes on and on, but my mommy says these are really important life lessons and here's why:
-Chores and responsibility make me feel like I am offering something to the family and that I am a grown up.
-Chores help create a stable home environment, where I know what is expected of me and a place where I can be successful.
-It teaches me tough love, that my parent is not my "best friend," and ultimately, it teaches me respect for others.
-Last but not least, my mommy says that if I do these things now, they will stick with me for the rest of my life and build me into the man I should be. A man my mommy would be proud of!
What are some of your chores?